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Cyclists4ACause January Update

Greetings everyone,

I hope all who were in the path of the most recent storm to hit the East Coast have survived. It has certainly been awhile since Virginia was hit with this much snow, but it looks like most of the roads are slowing being cleared.  However obviously the storm has somewhat limited the ability to get any road biking in for the last week or so.  So far in January we have been lucky enough to get a few opportunities to get out and the rest of the time we have spent indoors either on the stationary bike and/or the trainer.   In total we hope to reach 400+ miles for the 1st month of the year which will . hopefully keep us on track to accomplish 5K for the year.  I am trying hard to find a balance between inside training and outdoor riding as nothing can replace riding outside even in the cold, however the snow is a totally different challenge we aren’t ready to undertake.

When the opportunity did present itself and I was able to ride outside I ventured out to the Virginia / North Carolina State line and the tranquil Dismal Swamp area where they have an 8.5 mile paved trail that sees little to no traffic during the day. The only traffic that normally exists is an occasional deer or bear but normally they only come out at night.  I haven’t seen a bear for years and I would like to keep it that way.  The really nice thing about the Dismal Swamp trail is the ability to plug in your headphone and ride to music which I would not advocate doing on any roads where you might run into traffic.  Safety is paramount !!

The 2014 cycling plan is coming together nicely. Cyclists4ACause is planning some epic rides and we hope to have more information forthcoming. We are currently researching putting on a SPIN-A-THON to help raise funds as well as bring awareness to the Cancer fight. We are excited to join up with some of our supporters all in the name to help bring awareness in the Cancer fight.

We hope to have some pictures posted soon as we continue to venture on this journey.

Cycling Tip of the Week

–  A lot of cyclists get caught up with where to place cleats on shoes.  The truth of the matter is , unless you’re a professional cyclists and targeting a specific speality (Sprints, Climbing, etc..) the chances are your one of the many of us mere mortals that just want to survive a ride.  I recommend putting your cleats where you feel comfortable (yes, it’s that simple).  I have found putting your cleats too far forward puts excessive pressure on the balls of your feet which after a lengthy ride can truly be painful. Lately I have re-aligned my cleats further back to take pressure off the front of my foot and in doing so I have a much more relaxed foot position and I seem to still be able to maintain power, although clipping out seems to be more of a chore.  I suspect the best position is somewhere in the middle.

 

Thanks for checking in….

 

 

 

Cyclists 4A Cause Kicks off 2014…

Now that the blog competition is over I guess I still owe a blog or two on occasion to keep all my readers up to date on the Cyclists4ACause efforts in the battle against cancer. The 2014 training cycle is going well despite the recent cold. We were able to get out to one of our local hot spots while the temperature was in the 60’s and get some good base work in. This early into the season I am much more concentrated on time in the saddle vice the mileage. I will gladly sacrifice mileage for time this early on. Unfortunately I had to bring everything inside once the temperature dropped well below what is considered safe. There is definitely a point where you have to say NO to any attempt to ride outside if the temperature is this cold. As I learned, injuries are more prone to happen in the cold than at any other time. As a result we moved our training inside on both the stationary bike (not fun) and the trainer (even less fun). The trainer is set up in the garage so it’s about the same temperature as outside so most of the inside training as been working on the stationary bike. The only good thing about both the stationary and the trainer is the ability to “plug in” and jam out to some great music while riding, something that most riders don’t or shouldn’t do on the roads. Stay safe!!

The 2014 calendar of events is still a work in progress. We have some great events coming up that promises to bring awareness in the Cancer Fight. One of our founding members is planning on participating in a great event in April and I hope to get the ok to promote her cause in future blogs. I wish I was doing this event but a full week on the bike with an estimated 60-70miles a day might be a bit overstretching my recovery plan.

Speaking of recovery plan, I once again give great credit to the Physical Therapists that are helping with my recovery. While the recovery is certainly not progressing as quickly as I would like I will go at the pace they set with all hope that no surgery will be needed. The one thing I have learned (and probably relearned) is the need for cyclists to strengthen their Core muscle group. For years I was more focused on cycling than anything else. I think that philosophy contributed significantly to my current lower back issue. It is essential to keep your core in tune with the rest of your body. Let’s hope I won’t have to relearn this lesson ever again !

I would love to hear what other cyclists reading this might be planning for their 2014 riding season. Please check my previous posts about who we are and what we are trying to accomplish here.

Thanks for Checking in….

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